Lymphatic Drainage Massage
The lymphatic system is the primary system that supports the immune system; which helps us heal, recover and thrive. Surgery, injury, soft tissue hypertension and being sedentary cause a sluggish lymphatic system.Therapeutic massage will boost a sluggish lymphatic system.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Lymphatic drainage massage is a holistic approach to promoting a healthy lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is a complex network of vessels and ducts that move fluid throughout the body and is responsible for moving toxins away from healthy cells and carrying germ-fighting materials to cells when they are under attack by viruses. Though fluid moves through the lymphatic system, it does not have its own pumping mechanism. Lymphatic drainage is a type of therapy that is intended to help the body produce a free-flowing lymphatic system.
The lymph system is in part responsible for proper fluid metabolism, detoxification and regeneration of the body’s tissues. It also helps maintain a strong immune system. If lymph circulation stagnates, toxins and fluids accumulate and the body’s ability to heal becomes compromised. The lymphatic drainage massage technique varies but the one element that remains constant is light pressure.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a very gentle type of detox therapy used to drain excess fluid from the body and improve the overall functioning of the lymphatic (immune) system. MLD is most commonly used to treat Lymphedema, which is characterized by the blockage of lymph nodes in the arms and legs which often leads to a sensation of ‘heaviness’ and general discomfort.
The lymph system is the cleansing system of the body, a slow-moving system of vessels and lymph nodes that is supplementary to the body's blood circulation. The lymph system both delivers nutrients to the cells and carries away excess water, cellular waste, bacteria, viruses and toxins.
MLD, What is it?
In today’s society, where we are more sedentary than in past generations, it is more important to have manual lymphatic drainage performed. Our bodies can survive most anything life throws at us provided we take the time to detoxify and recharge ourselves. Manual lymphatic drainage technique is the ultimate detox treatment that helps to unlock the potential of the body to heal and helps the mind find that inner peace it craves.
Dr. Emil Vodder pioneered the treatment in the 1930’s. Dr. Vodder and his wife noticed that patients suffering from severe colds had swollen lymph nodes. The medical profession at that time had a limited understanding of the lymphatic system which meant there were no specific treatments available to treat the swelling. As a result, the Vodders studied the lymphatic system in closer detail and devised a treatment using circular hand movements in order to create movement in the Lymph nodes. This enabled the release of toxins and bacteria from the body which were the main cause of the ailments they had diagnosed.
The lymphatic system is made up of a network of thin tubes that run throughout the body called lymph vessels, and oval-shaped organs called lymph nodes which collect and filter lymph. As blood flows throughout the body, a thin, yellow fluid called plasma leaks out from blood vessels and mixes with interstitial fluid and water to surround the cells in different tissues. This mixture contains food for the cells, blood cells that are important for immunity, and also waste put out by the cells. It drains into the lymph vessels, after which it is called lymph, and is then transported to lymph nodes, which contain immune cells. Since the lymphatic system doesn't have any way to move the fluid on its own, it relies on the movement from muscles in the body to push the fluid along, and valves to keep the fluid going in the right direction. You may have heard the saying, “Get your juices going.” This is a really important statement about keeping glandular fluids moving to ensure energy and good health. The lack of movement will adversely affect organ functioning and contributes to the inability to heal. The lymphatic system plays such a vital role in immunity, problems with lymphatic drainage can cause very serious health conditions.
The lymphatic drainage technique is applied gently in the direction of lymph flow in order to unblock any obstructed lymph vessels, allowing the lymph flow to transport waste from the body freely. To make the treatment effective, MLD is performed with no massage oils or lotions. The massage therapy is applied in gentle strokes towards the heart. This technique will lightly stretch the walls of the lymph vessels and encourage lymph drainage, leading to a general detoxification of the system.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage, Is it for me?
The lymphatic drainage technique is applied gently in the direction of lymph flow in order to unblock any obstructed lymph vessels, allowing the lymph flow to transport waste from the body freely. To make the treatment effective, MLD is performed with no massage oils or lotions. The massage therapy is applied in gentle strokes. This technique will lightly stretch the walls of the lymph vessels and encourage lymph drainage, leading to a general detoxification of the system.
Benefits of manual lymphatic drainage:
MLD can be good for:
Manual Lymphatic drainage can considerably improve post-surgery recovery by reducing swelling and inflammation. For good results, a series of 6 or 7 treatments is recommended with a detox diet for maximum benefits.
MLD IS NOT recommended for people with the following:
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